Teaching Strength

One of the quickest way to not be taken seriously is to make excuses. In an age of self-love and acceptance of one’s flaws, we have become scared to take a stand and pursue things. We have placed imaginary cages around ourselves. We have hopes, dreams, wishes but are too scared to go after them. We write all of these goals on paper, tell all of your friends and then treat ourselves because of all the “hard-work” we just put in.

For whatever reason, it has become acceptable to be a victim. It has become acceptable to write off our failures as the product of something out of our control rather than taking responsibility for why we suck.


Self-awareness in our country is at an all time low. Rather than teaching kids how to analyze themselves and motivating them to conquer their weaknesses, we continue to feed this notion that the weaknesses are just part of who you are and you should love every part of yourself.

This is the number one reason why I believe that every high school kid should be required to weight train. Lifting heavy weights forces you to come to grips with something you suck at. You’ll learn valuable lessons such as if you want to get strong, you need to work! You can’t sit, write down your goals and ask the universe for strength. You need to get under a bar and push it.

If you are a strength coach, the worst thing you can do for your kids is to offer shortcuts. Require them to put in the work. Require them to show up on time. Require they stop complaining. They do not need rewards every time they do what they are supposed to do.

Show them the value of hard-work. Show them that consistent gains will outweigh and outlast quick short cuts. Show them that sometimes we have to shut up and do things we don’t want to.

My New Year’s resolution: Quit bitching and get to work. If I want something, I am going to get it. If I want to do something, I am going to do it.

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